UAV Technology: Opportunities to support the updating process of the Rwandan cadastre

C. Stöcker*, M.N. Koeva, J.A. Zevenbergen

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

6 Downloads (Pure)


Amongst others, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are emerging as a tool for alternative land tenure recording. The advent of low cost, reliable and lightweight UAVs has created new opportunities for collecting timely, tailored and high-quality geospatial information. Even though UAVs appear a promising technology, it is not clear to what extent it can contribute to existing land tenure recording workflows of communities and governments. To address these questions, field data collection was carried out in Rwanda in February 2019, which encompassed several UAV flights and the consultation of relevant stakeholders. Additionally, a participatory mapping pilot study was initiated to allow the comparison of the existing cadastral base data with the boundaries that were delineated on top of the plotted UAV orthophoto. Results revealed a clear discrepancy of the spatial location and extent of both parcel datasets and pinned the need to update the cadastre. It was found that especially in areas with large developments and a poor quality of the first level registration, UAV-based orthophotos provide a profound and reliable base data for participatory boundary delineation to update the spatial extent of the cadastre. This paper is based on the achievements of “its4land”, a European Commission Horizon 2020 project. Grounded on cutting edge approaches such as fit-for-purpose land administration, “its4land” is using strategic collaboration between the EU and East Africa to deliver innovative, scalable, and transferrable ICT solutions that respond to sub-Saharan Africa’s immense challenge to secure land rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th East Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN) Conference 2019
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventEast Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN) Conference 2019: Quest for Smart Solutions for Responsible Land Management and Land Administration in Eastern Africa - Bububu, Zanzibar, Tanzania, United Republic of
Duration: 21 Jul 201925 Jul 2019


ConferenceEast Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN) Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleEALAN 2019
Country/TerritoryTanzania, United Republic of


Dive into the research topics of 'UAV Technology: Opportunities to support the updating process of the Rwandan cadastre'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this